Psalms 25:19

19 Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel[a] hatred.

Psalms 25:19 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 25:19

Consider mine enemies
Or "look" F13 upon them; but with another kind of look; so as he looked through the pillar of fire upon the Egyptians, and troubled them, ( Exodus 14:24 ) ; with a look of wrath and vengeance. The arguments he uses are taken both from the quantity and quality of his enemies, their number and their nature;

for they are many;
the hearts of the people of Israel, in general, being after Absalom, ( 2 Samuel 15:12 2 Samuel 15:13 ) ; and so the spiritual enemies of the Lord's people are many; their sins and corruptions, Satan, and his principalities and powers, and the men of this world;

and they hate me with cruel hatred;
like that of Simeon and Levi, ( Genesis 49:7 ) ; their hatred broke out in a cruel manner, in acts of force and cruelty; and it was the more cruel, inasmuch as it was without cause: and such is the hatred of Satan and his emissaries against the faithful followers of Christ; who breathe out cruelty, thirst after their blood, and make themselves drunk with it; even their tender mercies are cruel, and much more their hatred.


F13 (har) "vide", Pagninus, Montanus, Musculus, Cocceius, Michaelis "aspice", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; "intuere", Gejerus.

Psalms 25:19 In-Context

17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.
18 Look upon mine affliction and my pain; and forgive all my sins.
19 Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel hatred.
20 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in thee.
21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. cruel...: Heb. hatred of violence